Updated for 2021
Did you know that Moms are in charge of at least 85% of household spending? That’s a lot of consumer spending power! So when Los Angeles Moms head out to flex those muscles, they are in luck.
Los Angeles has some of the best shopping in the country. Whether you choose to shop at a fancy Mall to find that perfect outfit, or you want to spend the afternoon strolling on a famous street or in a trendy neighborhood, you’ll find it all here in Southern California.
From The Grove to the Beverly Center to Westfield Century City, families will find opportunities to stroll, shop, eat, and explore at the coolest and fanciest Malls anywhere. And in Los Angeles, you can find shopping malls of varying sizes, indoor and outdoor, malls that are as popular with visitors as they are with locals.
Los Angeles also has famous shopping streets and neighborhoods that shouldn’t be missed. Ever heard of Rodeo Drive? Of course you have! But there are a few more gems you must check out.
Not only that, but LA has some fantastic outlet Malls, too, where you’ll find bargains galore. Maybe you’re shopping for Back to School, or Holiday Gifts, or maybe you’re just shopping. We get it! Use this as our Guide to Shopping in LA, from ultra-fabulous to super funky, and everything in between.
The Best Shopping Malls in Los Angeles and SoCal
Westfield Century City
10250 Santa Monica Blvd., Century City, CA 90067
You could really spend the day at the Westfield Century City without any member of the family saying they were bored. Children will enjoy the Tumble Leaf Play Space: Presented by Amazon Prime Video where kids can “climb and explore the bright, colorful play area filled with games and plenty of space to stretch those little legs.” The Westfield Family Lounge is where you go when you need a break from shopping. You’ll find toys, child-friendly television programming, and private nursing areas here. Shops include Amazon Books, Cotton On Kids, Apple, Macy’s, and Skechers to name a few. Dining options include Randy’s Donuts, RockSugar Southeast Asian Kitchen, Eataly, Shake Shack among many others. AMC Theatres is on-site as well. But don’t spend all your time shopping; be sure to stroll around and look at the many art installations found around the property.
189 The Grove Dr., Los Angeles, CA 90036
Adjacent to the Original Farmers Market is The Grove, a shopping and dining destination. See a movie at the theaters (which host special “Monday Morning Mommy Movies”), read and play in the children’s section of Barnes and Noble, check out American Girl Place, and more. There are many dining options available too. Be sure to take a free ride on the Trolley (which travels between The Grove and the Farmers Market) and watch the Dancing Fountain. (The Fountain “dances” to different songs every hour and was designed by the same company who designed the famous fountains at the Bellagio in Las Vegas). And mark your calendar for Thursday mornings (from 10:00 am to 12:00 pm), when The Grove hosts “Kids Club” which features live entertainment and activities for children and their caregivers (offered February through the end of October). Click here to read our “Guide to the Original Farmers Market and The Grove.”
The Americana at Brand
889 Americana Way, Glendale, CA 91210
This outdoor shopping center has no shortage of kid-friendly activities. Each Tuesday, from 11:00 am to 1:00, bring the little ones for a free “Kids Club” featuring live performances. And just like at The Grove, The Americana at Brand also features a dancing fountain and trolley ride. Additionally, families can choose from a variety of shops (Barnes and Noble, Disney Baby, and Crewcuts by J. Crew among others), movies, and dining (including Shake Shack, The Pie Hole, and Frida Mexican Cuisine to name a few).
401 Newport Center Dr., Newport Beach, CA 92660
If you’re in Newport Beach, a visit to Fashion Island is a must. Take your time and stroll around the picturesque outdoor shopping center, and if the kids get tired of walking, take advantage of the complimentary trolley. Family-friendly shops include Apple, Barnes and Noble, Macy’s, Peek Kids, and more. A variety of restaurants are on-site as well including The Cheesecake Factory, P. F. Chang’s, Wahoo’s Fish Tacos, and many more. And don’t forget about The Lot, a “luxury lifestyle entertainment destination” offering a “cinematic experience unlike any other.” Complimentary trolley around the open-air shopping center. Live entertainment is scheduled each weekend (through December 31st) from 12:00 pm to 4:00 pm.
Santa Monica Place
395 Santa Monica Place, Santa Monica, CA 90401
There’s lots to see and do at the the open-air Santa Monica Place which seems to be just as popular with locals as it is with tourists. Families will find the Disney Store, Gymboree, Nike, The Cheesecake Factory, Johnny Rockets and more. Santa Monica Place is located adjacent to the 3rd Street Promenade so it’s easy to continue your shopping experience from one location to another.
100 W. Broadway, Glendale, CA 91210
This large, indoor shopping center also offers ways to keep kids entertained and happy. You’ll find a Children’s Play Area when the kids need to run around and let off some steam. In addition to the variety of shops (Baby Gap, Build-A-Bear Workshop, The Children’s Place, Target, and the Disney Store to name a few) and restaurants (Blaze Pizza, Five Guys, Chipotle, and Subway to name a few), you’ll also find “Giggles N’ Hugs,” a combination restaurant and play space.
Hollywood and Highland Center
6801 Hollywood Blvd., Hollywood, CA 90028
This shopping center has it all. There are plenty of kid friendly dining options (including Johnny Rockets, the Hard Rock Cafe, and the French Crepe Company to name a few) as well as a bowling alley (Lucky Strike), and many specialty shops. You’ll also find the Dolby Theatre (home of the Academy Awards) as well as the historic TCL Chinese Theatre. Note that under new ownership in 2021, the famous elephant statues are being removed and the Mall is being renovated.
300 E. Colorado Blvd., Pasadena, CA 91101
The Paseo is an outdoor shopping center located in downtown Pasadena. Families will find Arclight Cinemas as well as a large selection of restaurants (including Island’s Fine Burgers and Drinks, El Cholo Café, and more) and shops including (H & M, Bath & Body Works, and more). Additionally, each Tuesday from 10:00 am to 12:00 pm, The Paseo hosts a free Kids Corner where kids “can sing along and interact with the performers.”
850 S. Pacific Coast Highway, El Segundo 90245
Located next to the Plaza El Segundo, The Point is a small mall with a super fabulous vibe. There’s hip shopping, and tasty restaurants, and they often hosts special events on the weekends, so be sure to check the website or follow them on social.
Westfield Culver City
6000 Sepulveda Blvd., Culver City, CA 90230
In addition to stores such as Crazy 8, JCPenney, Old Navy, Target, and The Children’s Place, the Westfield Culver City offers several family-friendly amenities. When the kids need to run around, head to the Westfield PlaySpace. Check your child’s height against the red seahorse at the entrance, and then let him run, climb, and explore. And when you need a break from shopping, you can go to the Westfield Family Lounge which features toys, changing stations, child-friendly TV programs, and private nursing areas. And if that’s not enough, you’ll also find a special dining area for families. Kids will particularly like the colorful tables and chairs as well as the smaller, more comfortable, size.
15225 Palisades Village Lane, Pacific Palisades, CA 90272
This upscale, outdoor shopping mall in the heart of Pacific Palisades has fabulous restaurants, boutique shopping, an Amazon store and a 5-screen movie theater with reserved seating. Shops include Cynthia Rowley, Rachel Zoe and Towne by ElyseWalker. Palisades Village also hosts a kids club every Thursday from 10 am to noon.
1 Mills Cir, Ontario, CA 91764
Ontario Mills is “California’s largest outlet and value retail shopping destination” featuring more than 200 stores. You can spend the whole day exploring Ontario Mills and browsing/shopping at Build-A-Bear Workshop, Champs Sports, Gymboree Outlet, Crocs, GameStop, Nike Factory Store, Daiso Japan, Disney Store Outlet, and The Children’s Place Outlet among others.When you’re hungry choose from Dairy Queen/Orange Julius, Johnny Rockets, Rainforest Cafe, Dave & Buster’s, or any of the 32 eateries on-site.
Westfield Fashion Square
14006 Riverside Dr., Sherman Oaks, CA 91423
The Westfield Fashion Square wants to make shopping a pleasurable experience for families. They offer “family parking,” a “family lounge,” and a playspace. The playspace lets little ones climb and move and get active. You’ll find an Apple store, Crazy 8, Disney Store, GapKids, The Children’s Place, and more. In addition, the Westfield Fashion Square also hosts a Farmer’s Market each Tuesday (February 6-August 28) from 3:00 pm to 7:00 pm.
Del Amo Fashion Center
3625 Carson St., Torrance, CA 90503
This large shopping center, with more than 200 stores, has everything for the whole family. You’ll find a Barnes and Noble, Disney Store, JCPenney, Foot Locker House of Hoops, Macy’s, and much more. Dining options include Dave & Buster’s, Jamba Juice, Lemonade, Pink’s Hot Dogs, and more. A Children’s Play Area is also available when the kids need a break from shopping.
Figueroa and 7th, Los Angeles, CA
FIGat7th is a popular, outdoor shopping center in downtown Los Angeles. Families can select from a variety of restaurants including The Melt, Mendocino Farms, and California Pizza Kitchen to name a few. Shops include Target, Nordstrom Rack, H & M and more. FIGat7th also hosts a variety of special events throughout the year including a Kids Club featuring a free arts and crafts workshop on the second and fourth Saturday of each month. There is also a Farmers Market each Thursday from 10:00 am to 2:00 pm. (Be sure to have your parking validated; parking can get expensive).
8500 Beverly Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90048
The Beverly Center has been undergoing a multi-year re-design and re-model (and it’s not completely done yet). The exterior is no longer the large brown building many of us locals remember growing up with. Families will find a bright white building, with several new street-level restaurants open including Farmhouse, Cal Mare, Eggslut, and Yardbird Southern Table and Bar. The mall’s “Food Hall” (formerly known as the Food Court) has yet to open, so quick dining options are currently limited to Wetzel’s Pretzels. The Mall features an Apple Store, Macy’s, Foot Locker, H & M, Bloomingdales, and more. (Disclaimer — the Beverly Center is not the most “family friendly” shopping mall for families with young children; there are no toy stores, kids’ clothing stores, or children’s play area).
South Coast Plaza
3333 Bristol St., Costa Mesa, CA 92626
At the South Coast Plaza, you’ll find “250 boutiques, 30 restaurants, and the Segerstrom Center for the Arts.” Family friendly stores include the Disney Store, Crate and Kids, Gymboree, Pottery Barn Kids, Vans, and more. The Corner Bakery, Claim Jumper, Ruby’s Diner, and Wolfgang Puck Kitchen are just some of the restaurants on site.
Westfield Topanga and The Village
6600 Topanga Canyon Blvd., Canoga Park, CA 91303
Westfield Topanga and The Village are incredibly family-friendly and are a popular destination with families. Children may have a hard time deciding what to do first. Choices include the Carousel, Red Caboose Railroad, Animal Rides, The “Luckey” Kids Climber, and Playtown. You’ll also find a Family Lounge, AMC Theatres, and a large variety of shops and restaurants.
Northridge Fashion Center
9301 Tampa Ave., Northridge, CA 91324
There is much to see and do at the Northridge Fashion center. Take advantage of family-friendly shops including Macy’s, the Disney Store, Champs Sports, JCPenney, and Kids Foot Locker to name a few. Dining options include Wood Ranch, Subway, Romano’s Macaroni Grill, and more. A children’s play area is also on-site. The Northridge Fashion Center Farmers Market is open for the season each Wednesday (from 5:00 pm to 9:00 pm) through November 1st. Families will find “10,000 pounds of farm-fresh seasonal fruits and vegetables, grown by more than 30 California farmers.” Additionally, the Farmers Market offers a children’s bounce house and rock climbing, hot food vendors, live entertainment, and local crafters.
Plaza El Segundo
760 South Sepulveda Boulevard, El Segundo, CA 90245
The Plaza El Segundo is an open-air shopping collection of over 50 high-end retailers such as lifestyle retailers: Lululemon Athletica and L’ Occitane, restaurants such as: Salt Creek Grille and The Counter and much more.
Camarillo Premium Outlets Mall
740 East Ventura Blvd., Camarillo, CA 93010
Located where you can see it when you drive on the 101 freeway in Camarillo, this mall is filled with over 150 stores, all offering special discount prices. Featured retailers include Kate Spade, Adidas, St. John, The North Face, Vans, Carters, and you’re sure to find new brands represented when you shop. There are a dozen dining options in the mall as well, or head to nearby Ventura or Oxnard for a meal when you’re done shopping.
100 Citadel Drive, Los Angeles 90040
This outlet Mall, located right off the 5 Freeway, is known for their long list of stores within the 700,000 square foot facility. They host many special events throughout the year, and offer amenities like free Wifi, baggage check, mobile charging stations, and even a Foreign Currency exchange.
Manhattan Village Shopping Mall
3200 Sepulveda Blvd., Manhattan Beach 90266
This upscale mall has recently been refreshed with a $12 Million dollar investment in the interior space, and an expansion called the Village Shops, with outdoor dining, shopping, and event space. Featured retailers include Williams-Sonoma, Apple, Origins, Ann Taylor, J. Jill, and many more.
S. Catalina Avenue, Redondo Beach 90277
(between Palos Verdes Blvd. and Avenue I)
Within just six blocks of shopping and dining, you’ll find a delightful way to spend time – and some money. This shopping area is charming and you’ll find many unique stores. Dining is also wonderful, with mom-and-pop restaurants and fine dining. They’re generous enough to offer “complimentary views of the Pacific Ocean” while you stroll, and that’s tough to beat!
Westfield Valencia Town Center
24201 West Valencia Blvd., Valencia, CA 91355
This is a terrific mall, with over 100 stores, from American Eagle to Zumiez. They’ve got a full event calendar, so check to see if any fun things are happening when you visit, or whether any stores are offering deals and discounts, which happens often. And if you get hungry, there are over 40 dining options to choose from!
2nd and PCH
East 2nd Street and Pacific Coast Highway, Long Beach 90803
Visible as you drive on PCH, this mall delivers amazing views of the Long Beach Marina, along with the terrific shopping and dining you’ll find. They’ve focused on adding outdoor communal space, and hope you’ll come and spend time. They’re also very creative with their public events, hosting seasonal fun for kids as well as outdoor movies for all.
Plaza West Covina
112 Plaza Drive, West Covina 91790
Located right off the 10 freeway, this Mall is super easy to cruise into, and you’ll be glad you did. With anchor stores like Macy’s, JCPenneys, and Best Buy, and over 180 other stores in addition, you’re sure to find what you’re looking for.
The Collection at RiverPark
2751 Park View Court, Oxnard, CA 93036
This shopping destination has a great mix of National brands and local shops, plus they’ve got a delightful Food Hall called the Annex, with terrific dining experiences to choose from. There is a weekly Farmers Market, a monthly Artisan’s Market, a Kids Playground, special seasonal events, and many of the stores are pet-friendly.
Los Cerritos Center
239 Los Cerritos Center, Cerritos, CA 90703
This mall is anchored by both Nordstrom and Macy’s, and filled with over 150 stores and dining options. They offer free Wifi, text concierge services, stroller rentals, multiple ATMs, and host seasonal events as well.
Lakewood Center Mall
500 Lakewood Center Mall, Lakewood, CA 90712
This Mall, which is run by the same company as the Los Cerritos Mall, is anchored by a Macy’s, JCPenney, and joined by a Costco and a Target, to offer many types of things to shop for all from one parking space. Along with seasonal special events, this mall offers free Wifi, strollers, and wheelchairs for use.
1065 Brea Mall, Brea, CA 92821
With anchor tenants like Macy’s, Nordstrom, and JCPenney, and over 170 more stores, you’ll be able to take care of all your shopping, whether it’s Back to School time or Holidays. Plus they’ve got a full-service day spa on the premises, so please, stand back. This Mall is run by the same people who run the Camarillo Premium Outlets.
The Best Shopping Streets and Neighborhoods in Los Angeles
Japanese Village Plaza
335 East 2nd Street, Los Angeles, CA 90012
The newly renovated Japanese Village Plaza offers a unique and fun shopping Little Tokyo Downtown culture experience in a relaxed open-air atmosphere. Abundant parking is available on Central Avenue, between 1st and 2nd Street.
Between La Cienega Blvd and La Brea Avenue
Made famous from the television series Melrose Place, Melrose Avenue is a colorful array of eclectic shops, restaurants and bars. Melrose Avenue starts from Santa Monica Boulevard at the border between Beverly Hills and West Hollywood and ends at Lucille Avenue in Silver Lake.
Downtown Manhattan Beach
142 Highland Avenue, Manhattan Beach, CA 90266
Downtown Manhattan Beach offers outdoor shopping in ultimate laid-back So Cal style. Excellent shopping for a unique gift, downtown Manhattan Beach runs along Manhattan Beach Boulevard and the streets perpendicular to it in the area near the Manhattan Beach Pier up to Valley Drive with many upscale shops, restaurants and boutique hotels.
1 West Colorado Boulevard, Pasadena, CA 91105
Often referred to as “old town Pasadena”, Old Pasadena is a historic district of Pasadena with a hip, modern vibe and a popular shopping and entertainment destination. During the daytime shopping is a popular activity and during the vibrant evenings street performers entertain passerby’s with music and art.
The Santee Alley
210 East Olympic Blvd #202, Los Angeles, CA 90015
Quite literally an alley, the Santee Alley is a part of the Los Angeles garment district and is the best open marketplace to grab a great deal on apparel, shoes, accessories, perfumes and cosmetics. The Santee Alley seems like its always open and full of bargains, but check the website to be sure.
Rodeo Drive, Beverly Hills, CA 90210
(between Santa Monica Blvd and Wilshire Blvd)
No list about best outdoor shopping in Los Angeles is complete without including the iconic Rodeo Drive in Beverly Hills. Quite literally the most famous shopping experience in the entire world thanks to TV shows and movies, Rodeo Drive is an upscale 2-mile long street connecting Los Angeles and Beverly Hills. Major brands and upscale designer showrooms can be found here.
Third Street Promenade
1351 Third Street Promenade, Santa Monica, CA 90401
It is considered a premiere shopping and dining district on the Westside and draws crowds from all over the Greater Los Angeles Area. Due to its proximity to the Pacific Ocean coupled with Los Angeles’s mild climate, it is also a popular tourist destination.
1528 Montana Avenue, Santa Monica, CA 90403
On the north end of town, just adjacent to the Pacific Ocean, Montana Avenue offers shopping on a 10-block tree-lined street and is a luxurious shopping destination known for its unique stores as well as its popular bistros, cafes and bakeries. Celebrity sightings happen often, at the coffee shops and grocery stores.
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